THE GIFT OF LIFE
There is a special request in this month’s Bulletin written by one of our congregants, Marshall Nadan. Marshall’s story, appearing on page 17, was written as more than just a human interest article. It is really an open letter asking for a kidney so that he might live.
According to national statistics (http://www.lkdn.org/kidney_tx_waiting_list.html), over 93,000 people are waiting for a kidney. The wait time to receive a kidney from a deceased donor is between five and ten years. The longer a person with kidney disease is on the waitlist, the short and long term success rates are negatively affected. Receiving a transplant can double someone’s life expectancy. The wait for a kidney can be shortened by finding a living donor.
What is involved in being a living kidney transplant donor? A transplant surgeon removes a healthy kidney from a living person, whether they be a relative, friend, or stranger. The healthy kidney is then transplanted into the person with a failing kidney. Before surgery, the transplant team at a medical transplant center makes sure that a living donor can return to living a full and active life with one kidney. The donor must be between 18 and 69; be in good health with no history of heart, liver, diabetes, HIV, cancer or other diseases that could complicate the surgery.
If test results indicate that the donor candidate is appropriate for donor and recipient, pre-surgical testing begins. While living donation is not for everyone, most living donors feel that their donation is one of the most positive events in their lives. Follow up studies of over 400 donors found that overall, most lived longer than the general population (http://www.lkdn.org/benefits_living_donation2.html). Some believe that the altruistic act of giving the gift of life and the happiness and satisfaction that follows has a positive impact and leads to a healthier and longer life.
Living donation does have long-term risks that may not be apparent in the short term. There are physical and psychological aspects to consider as well. These factors should be discussed with doctors, transplant professionals, family, friends, Rabbis, counselors, and/or social workers before deciding if living donation is right for you.
If you or someone you know is interested in helping Marshall, you may contact him at 845-338-3865, contact Andrea at Weill Cornell Hospital at (212) 746-3922, and/or go to Cornell.donorscreen.org
to get the process started.
One final thought to consider is the Jewish perspective. Once forbidden by Judaism, organ donation is now seen as an honorable act. As it is written in the Talmud, “He who saves one life, saves the world.”
Related upcoming events
February 22, 2019 12:30 am - February 22, 2019 9:00 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Purim is a time for us to celebrate a holiday together as a community, to “make choyzic” to be happy and celebrate our Judaism. It is a time of giving and connecting. In this spirit, we are continuing our Purim tradition of Mishloah Manot, traditionally the giving of baskets of food as a way of sending gifts to friends, neighbors, relatives, and community members.
This year we are again organizing two projects.
The first is a secret gift basket exchange. Everyone who wishes to participate will have an opportunity to deliver ONE care package to one member/family of the congregation, and to receive ONE in return. Baskets are often filled with sweets, food, drink, and wine. They can be personalized to suit the tastes of the person or family you are sending it to.
The second is a social action project. Participants will have the opportunity to donate items to families in need. Please click here for more information.
If you wish to participate please complete and return this questionnaire online, submit it by email (email@example.com), or drop it off at the office by February 22nd. You will then be contacted by the Mishloah Manot committee who will provide the name and contact information needed. You will be asked to deliver the gift basket anytime between March 9th and March 20th.
February 22, 2019 6:30 pm - February 22, 2019 7:30 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
February 22nd, March 22nd at 7:30pm 4th Fridays join us for Shabbat Service at 7:30pm enriched by Zemer (our choir)! We invite members of the Congregation to volunteer one Friday each year to be a “host family” and open their home to guests and/or anyone who does not have a place to share the Sabbath on that evening.
February 23, 2019 10:00 am - February 23, 2019 12:00 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Every Saturday at 10am join Rabbi Yael and Congregation Emanuel as we celebrate Shabbat! Please join us following services for an oneg (food & drinks) and community fellowship.
February 25, 2019 10:15 am - February 25, 2019 1:15 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Mondays 10:15-1:15pm. An open group from beginners to seasoned players. For more info call Estelle at 845-657-8242
February 26, 2019 8:45 am - February 26, 2019 10:00 am<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Tuesdays 8:45am. Participants are led through a unique blend of Hebrew chanting, intentional breathing, and deep relaxation exercises to connect the mind, body, and soul during this unique- and uniquely Jewish- class. Immediately followed by an in-depth study of the weekly Torah portion (פרשת השבוע) that focuses on exploring meanings within the ancient text as it exists in our contemporary times. Held in our tranquil Rhinebeck satellite.
February 27, 2019 12:30 pm - February 27, 2019 1:30 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm. Trope is the melody or "flavor" (טעמים) of sacred readings learned through a system of musical notations that teach us how to chant from the Tanakh. This highly popular class is open to all.
February 27, 2019 4:00 pm - February 27, 2019 5:30 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Wednesdays at 4pm. Rabbi Romer introduces the fundamentals of conversational Hebrew (עברית), including useful vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures in this fast-paced, entertaining class.
February 27, 2019 5:00 pm - February 27, 2019 9:00 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Wednesdays at 7pm. Join our wildly popular bingo night! Enjoy playing with our neighbors from throughout our Kingston community! Doors at 5pm, the game starts at 7pm.
February 27, 2019 6:00 pm - March 1, 2019 7:30 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
Wednesdays at 6pm. This class is designed for those who are interested in exploring Jewish rituals, practices, traditions, and ethics, as well as those who have chosen to convert. Basic Hebrew, foundations of Jewish values and culture, and ritual practices are all explored in this warm, dynamic course.
March 1, 2019 6:00 pm - March 1, 2019 7:30 pm<span class='ecwd_timezone'>America/New_York</span>
March 1st, April 5th at 6pm First Fridays of the Month. Please join us for our special First Friday Family Services, which begin at 6pm to accommodate the needs of our congregants with early bedtimes! We invite members of the Congregation to volunteer one Friday each year to be a “host family” and open their homes to guests and/or anyone who does not have a place to share the Sabbath on that evening.